For Immediate Release
January 13, 2020
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Williams College Department of Music’s annual I/O Fest returns to the Clark Art Institute with an afternoon of music on Sunday, January 19.
The afternoon begins with a family-friendly concert at 1 pm. Student and faculty musicians from Williams College lead an interactive performance in which they explore the hidden sounds in everyday objects and uncover strange and wonderful noises in more familiar instruments. Children are invited to make their own instruments and create new sounds along with the performers.
At 4 pm, the I/O Ensemble and Chorus perform three contemporary works: Julius Eastman’s 1981 composition The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc, Casey Anderson’s 2009 experimental work snow, and Caroline Mallonee’s 2017 choral piece Songs of Crystal.
“The festival is an opportunity to think about music deeply and explore emerging new voices as well as neglected ones from the past and to bring that music to life,” said festival cofounder and Artist in Residence in Percussion and Contemporary Music Performance at Williams College Matthew Gold. “I think the most gratifying thing has been the way in which students embrace the project, performing new music, creating new works, and bringing their own interests and perspectives to the programming. I also think we create special performance experiences for listeners that will hopefully lead them to hear music in new ways.”
I/O Fest was founded in 2010 by Matthew Gold, Steven Bodner, and David Kechley. Each year, performances, talks, and workshops are held in the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance at Williams College and at the Clark over the course of four days and nights. Featuring renowned guest artists and performances by the I/O Ensemble, IOTA, and many others, I/O invites listeners to explore the music of now.
Both concerts are free and will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. Visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524 to learn more.

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions internationally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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